July 13, 2017 13:28 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Sven Bender reunited with twin brother Lars at Bayer

Sven Bender reunited with twin brother Lars at Bayer

The move reunites the 28-year-old midfielder with his twin brother Lars, with the pair now playing together for the first time since 2009 when they turned out for 1860 Munich.

It's a case of twins reunited at Bayer Leverkusen after Sven Bender's £13million switch from Borussia Dortmund.

The move reunites the 28-year-old midfielder with his twin brother Lars, with the pair now playing together for the first time since 2009 when they turned out for 1860 Munich.

Since going their separate ways Sven has won two Bundesliga titles and two German Cups with Dortmund while Lars headed straight to Leverkusen but has yet to secure any domestic honours. He has, however, won 19 Germany caps compared to his brother's seven.

Twin brothers Sven (left) and Lars Bender (right) have been reunited at Bayer Leverkusen

Twin brothers Sven (left) and Lars Bender (right) have been reunited at Bayer Leverkusen

The Bender brothers (Lars left, Sven right) try to win the ball from Neymar at the Rio Olympics

The Bender brothers (Lars left, Sven right) try to win the ball from Neymar at the Rio Olympics

After eight years in Dortmund, Sven insisted he wanted a new challenge and was pleased to be granted the opportunity to move on when he expressed his desire to the club's board.

His move to Leverkusen is subject to a medical, which will see him move to a club currently captained by his twin. 

'Only a few days ago, I approached (Dortmund CEO) Aki Watzke and (sporting director director) Michael Zorc to ask a personal favour. After eight years at Dortmund, I wanted them to grant me a new challenge,' he told the Dortmund club website.

'As a little boy, I always wanted to be on the pitch. Also due to injuries, I have unfortunately not been able to be used by BVB regularly.

'I am very grateful that Borussia Dortmund has respected my will, despite their unconditional desire to keep me. I feel that as a great appreciation.' 

The two brothers, pictured together ahead of Germany's Euro 2012 training camp

The two brothers, pictured together ahead of Germany's Euro 2012 training camp

He added, in an interview with his new club: 'From many games against Bayer 04 I know about the strengths of this club.

'And I also know how well Lars feels here. Bayer 04 has been very hard on me and gave me the feeling that I wanted to be absolutely in order to achieve ambitious goals.

'That's why I wanted absolutely. It's great that it worked out.'

Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller insisted his side had acquired an extraordinary midfielder.

'We are very pleased that Sven has decided to change to us,' said Voller. 'He is an extraordinarily experienced and versatile player who has proved his class in Dortmund last on the home defense position.'

Sven has left Dortmund to join Lars (pictured) at Leverkusen for a fee of £13million
Sven has won two Bundesliga titles and two German cups

Sven (right) has left Dortmund to join Lars at Leverkusen for a fee of £13million

 

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